About Changing Pathways

Changing Pathways is a domestic abuse support charity that has been supporting survivors and their children in South Essex and Thurrock for over forty years. We have recently expanded to include services in Brentwood, Epping Forest and Harlow.

We provide free and confidential services for people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced, domestic abuse and other forms of inter-personal violence including stalking, harassment, ‘honour-based’ abuse and forced marriage. We focus on listening to survivors; together we decide the support required to enable them to take their first step on a pathway to rebuilding their lives.

You will be joining a team of committed and inspiring individuals whose dedication has affected the lives of thousands of women and children in Essex.


Available positions

Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) – Full Time – based in Harlow

37.5 hours per week – £22,850 to £25,047 per annum (dependent upon qualifications)

About the Role

The role will require you to be based at Harlow, however Changing Pathways are considering a blended working agreement which could include some time working from home

You will be working with high risk survivors of domestic abuse in the Harlow area, providing support and advocacy to address their immediate risk and safety needs whilst helping them take that first step on a pathway without fear and abuse. In line with the new Domestic Abuse Act, children’s needs will be assessed as victims in their own right with referrals made to Changing Pathways’ Children’s Services where necessary.

This is a fast-paced role working with risk and as such we are seeking a dynamic individual who is skilled in crisis management and able to assess risk for survivors of domestic abuse.

This position requires you to be already working as an IDVA, either qualified or unqualified.

A Safe Lives IDVA or Women’s Aid DAPA qualification would be advantageous.

A vehicle and clean and current driving licence is required for this post.

About You

You will be empathetic, non-judgemental and committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies and practices.

You will also have an understanding of our core values:

  • Empower individuals to make their own choices in a safe environment to enable them to regain their independence.
  • Work with respect and dignity, valuing each individual’s experiences and circumstances and advocating for their unique needs.
  • Educate on the devastating impact that domestic abuse has on individuals, local communities and society.
  • Collaborate and work in partnership with other organisations to provide the best support for those impacted.

In return, we offer great employee benefits including employer pension contribution, generous holiday entitlement and a focus on learning and development.

How to Apply

For an informal discussion please contact Gemma at welcome@changingpathways.org or 01268 729707 Option 2.

Applications should be received no later than 5pm on 20/01/2022. This vacancy may close before the current listed closing date. If you intend to apply you are advised not to delay submitting your completed application.

Interviews may be held remotely via video.

Changing Pathways is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and is open to women only (*Exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1).

For information in alternative formats (for example, in braille, large print or an electronic format), please email welcome@changingpathways.org

IDVA Harlow FT JD – Jan 2022

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